The biography and position statement of the 2017 IEEE Vice President, Publication Services and Products is listed below.
Samir M. El-Ghazaly is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from The University of Texas, Austin. After graduation, he joined Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he became Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1998. From August 2002 to July 2007, he was with The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as Professor and the Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He recently served as the Director of the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems at the National Science Foundation, U.S.A (8/2013 – 8/2016).
He trained and worked at several universities and research centers including Université de Lille, France; NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab; Motorola; and the Swiss Federal Research Institute. His research interests include high-frequency devices and circuits, device simulations, electromagnetics and antennas.
Samir El-Ghazaly started his volunteer activities by serving as the Publicity Chair for the IEEE-Waves and Devices Group, Phoenix Chapter (1989-1990).
In 1990-1991, he served as the Vice-Chair of IEEE-Waves and Devices Group, Phoenix Chapter, and served as the chair in the following year.
From 1993 to 1997, he served as the Chapter Funding Coordinator for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He was streamlining, reviewing and recommending funding for all MTT-S chapters worldwide.
From 1997 to 2000, he served as the Chair of the Chapter Activities Committee for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. As the name indicates, he was overseeing the operation and activities of all MTTT-S chapters.
Activities | Societies:
In 2000, Samir El-Ghazaly was asked to serve as the editor-in-chief for the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters and he served the full three-year term (2001-2003). In 2000, he was elected as a voting member of the of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE MTT-S. He served his first three-year term and was elected for two more terms. During his service on the AdCom, he chaired the MTT-S Publications Committee (2004-08), which oversees the operation and manages all the society publications. In this capacity, he appointed 5 editors-in-chief, streamlined the budget process to eliminate the backlog and increased the frequency of the society magazine from quarterly to bimonthly. He also served on the society’s IEEE Fellow Evaluation Committee (2002-08). In 2009, he served as the president elect for the MTT-S society and served as the president in 2010. One of the key goals he identified for his term as MTT-S President was establishing a journal covering the Terahertz Technology. This area is of critical importance for sensing, communications and defense industry. While there were journals covering that topic from other publishers at that time, there was no IEEE presence in this critical and emerging area. He worked with his society’s Publications Committee and other entities in TAB and PSPB to have this journal approved. The journal was launched in 2011, and evolved to be one of successful IEEE publications.
He currently serves as the vice-chair of the IEEE/MTT-S Awards Committee (has been a member since 2011).
Why should we select you to serve in this position?:
I have been active in service to the profession, through my volunteer IEEE activities, for more than 25 years. Moreover, I believe I have a significant experience working in the different areas of publications. On the conference side for instance, I served as the general chair of the 2001 IEEE International Microwave Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. This is one of the largest IEEE Conferences, about 11,000 attendees. In 2008, I served as the Publications Chair for the same symposium in Atlanta, GA. On the journal side, I served as an editor-in-chief, and chaired the MTT-S Publications Committee.
My experience and service in publications is not limited to the society level. I am actively supporting the area of publications at the IEEE level. For instance, I served on the IEEE TAB Periodical Committee, first as a member (2010-11) and as a chair (2012-13), was the vice chair of IEEE Publications Services and Products Board (2013), and chair of the TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC) (2014-15). I currently serve as the vice-chair of MTT-S Awards Committee. Through this long record of broad IEEE activities in general, and publications in particular, I have gained experience and valuable insight into the different aspects of publications’ operation and policies. Moreover, I have gained significant familiarity with IEEE structure, operations, rules and regulations, and staff and volunteers. This wide experience enables me to effectively serve PSPB, present ideas, discuss policies and make recommendations to enhance the board's effectiveness and strengthen IEEE’s stature in publications.
Publishing the highest-reliable and up-to-date technical information has been the most valuable service IEEE provides to its members and humanity, at large. So far, IEEE has streamlined the review-process, production and marketing of technical publications.
Nevertheless, the role of technical societies continues to evolve. For instance, publications shift from print to electronic media which enables authors to incorporate additional material and links; readers drop subscriptions to traditional journals and search for articles of interest regardless of the publishing source; some authors desire to have their manuscripts openly accessible to all readers; other publishing organizations are initiating journals and competing for intellectual property within what is conventionally IEEE’s domain; governments are instating policies to mandate open access to results generated from public-funded research; and there is a rising need to package IEEE products competitively and cost effectively. These challenges represent opportunities for IEEE to review its operation and business model.
If elected, I will work with IEEE Staff and volunteers to assess the status of existing IEEE products, identify the adjustments and changes necessary to maintain IEEE leadership, strategically anticipate and plan for future changes, and work with the various OUs to position IEEE to take advantage of them. Examples of such activities include assessing the status and practice of current IEEE open-access journals and recommend adjustment as needed, emphasizing the growing role of conference publications, exploring new forms of technical publishing, and preparing IEEE for the next wave of government regulations, namely, procuring data and enabling reproducibility of research results.